February 01, 2018
February is often described as the ‘Month of Love’ with our celebrating St. Valentine’s Day on the 14th.
There are a number of historical references surrounding St Valentine. My favourite, and perhaps the one linking the saint with romance, tells us that the roman emperor Claudius II concluded that single men made better soldiers than men with wives, so outlawed marriage! However, Valentine opposed this and continued to perform secret marriages for young lovers.
There are many other stories, yet I often find it somewhat ironic that the Month of Love immediately follows the month when Divorce rates traditionally spike.
There can be many reasons for this. Perhaps it’s because, couples who are already showing cracks in their relationship hold it together over Christmas, often for the sake of their children, but then the stresses of everyday life catch up early in the New Year and they reach breaking point.
Statistics from the National Family Mediation service showed calls to their helplines in January increased by some 26% over last year. They say that “January is ‘Divorce Month’ and is no media myth, but a proven phenomenon.”
If you have found yourself in this unfortunate situation and you feel you have reached the point where your relationship has irretrievably broken down then it is important to seek advice on your legal position and, hopefully, achieve a conclusion as amicably as possible.
I am a member of the Law Society’s panel of accredited family law solicitors as well as being a member of Resolution, a national organisation of family lawyers committed to non-confrontational divorce, separation and other family problems and I am here to help guide you through the legal maze at what can be a very emotional stage of your life
We can also help with family Mediation through our collaboration with Allison Family Mediation Services.
Also, remember that we try to fix our prices on as many of our services as we can to give you peace of mind that the price you are quoted at the beginning is the price you will pay at the end.
Do give me a call if you would like to arrange an appointment for initial advice.